Lutheran Health CEO and regional president Mike Poore has resigned, the hospital network announced Friday.
Poore wrote in a memo to Lutheran Health employees that it was “the right time for me to return home.” Poore said he would work through May and transition responsibilities to market CEO Mark Medley.
“It was difficult to reach this decision and it is equally hard to share this news with you now because it had been my intention to be a part of the LHN team for much longer,” Poore wrote. “But, I believe this is the right decision for me and for my family at this time in our lives and I hope you will understand.”
Poore was named CEO of Lutheran Health in August 2017. The veteran hospital executive took over at a tumultuous time for the health network; on the heels of the firing of its previous CEO Brian Bauer in the wake of a contentious buyout attempt by a local physicians group. That led to the firings and resignations or numerous hospital administrators and the resignations of several high-profile board members.
Poore was at the helm, though, when Lutheran Health announced plans to build a new hospital in downtown Fort Wayne to replace aging St. Joseph Hospital.
In his resignation memo, Poore said he was “very confident in the future of LHN.” He said he was grateful for the past two years.
“Your caring spirit – that’s the Lutheran I’ve come to know and admire,” Poore wrote to the employees.